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When summer season rolls around, all we want to do is enjoy life in the sun and have some fun. But while we are splashing around in the pool or getting a tan, we are most likely snacking, even more than usual. And no matter whether you are trying to maintain a certain figure during summer or not, nobody likes feeling bloated, heavy and overly full. So, here are a few ways you can ditch the bad stuff and feel better every day.
Maybe you are used to eating some toast for breakfast, probably with some condiments layered on top, or with scrambled eggs. During summer, you should try to avoid eating that in the morning, and instead opt for something fresh and energizing. Have a big bowl of fruit for breakfast or throw it all in a blender and make a refreshing smoothie to go or a smoothie bowl to enjoy at home. And don’t think that this means you are ditching the protein! Put some protein powder in your smoothie or add some protein-rich foods on the side.
How to eat at work
The easiest thing in the world is to go to a bakery on the corner and eat a heavy, sauce-filled pastry for a quick lunch. But that will only slow you down and make you feel heavy and tired. Instead, try preparing your lunch at home and bringing it with you. For summer, cold whole grain pasta salads are my go-to meal, but there are so many options to choose from that you will never get bored. Try the same recipes with couscous or bulgur. And if you think that it will take too much time, learn the art of meal prep, and every day you will have a fresh, home-cooked meal within minutes.
Lunches and dinners
As soon as those sun rays reach our grass, we fire up the grill and start grilling nearly every weekend. These grill parties aren’t the problem, it’s the amount of meat we eat. You can still enjoy a good party and good food, but throw on some veggies on the grill as well, and make them the biggest part of your meal. You will feel much lighter and you won’t be eating all of those unnecessary calories. Also, try to stay away from condiments and sauces because they are most often filled with sugars and saturated fats. Prepare a big salad and focus on that freshness, rather than the smoked meat on the plate next to it.
For anyone who pays close attention to what they eat, it is a nightmare to go to an event where they are not bringing their own food and they don’t know how the food is prepared. I always choose to hire healthy corporate catering in Sydney when I organize events because everyone can benefit from eating healthy. Otherwise, some guests might go home hungry because they don’t like eating heavy foods. If you are going to an event, ask for vegetarian or vegan options since they are usually much lighter and made of lovely, fresh ingredients. Just because there is a buffet, it doesn’t mean you should try everything you see.
Remember that you are not simply denying yourself delicious food or cutting calories – you are eating healthier so that you can feel better, more energized and fresher. Remember to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, and don’t forget to indulge in an ice cream every now and then.
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